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Posted by / 16-Apr-2020 06:19

The rear derailleur freewheel/cassette and chainwheels are probably the first to be changed on a bike.On a vintage bike in excellent condition (that apparently had a lonely existence in a garage) all of the components likely are original.Even those equipped with Suntour Superbe components usually had SR seatposts.Many components are marked with size descriptors in addition to component manufacturer's date codes.Swaps also can be made as the bike falls out of favor, or is being sold, where the higher quality components are traded for lower quality ones that the owner had onhand.

Swaps can take place early in the life of a bike as the proud new owner upgrades to new or used components of higher quality.Pull the lever and look inside the top of the lever arm for a code such as "1084." Dia-Compe extension levers (yuck) also tend to have date codes on the side that faces the brake hood.I have a set of Dia-Compe mountain levers where if you pull the lever all the way, a piece of the lever is exposed, which has a clock-type date code.Especially useful, and challenging to sort out and verify, was the Shimano code.Also gathered on this page are date codes decoded and generously provided by others.

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